I was talking with a boxing trainer recently, a friend of a friend, who trains professionl boxers. He was telling me that it was always better to train with pros than to train with amateurs. He seemed quite upset that the ABAE insist that he has to tell everyone who wants to train at his gym that he is a professional trainer and therefore if they train with him they may not compete in amateur competition unless they transfer to an amateur club.
He was adamant that someone just starting out in the sport would be far better taking private lessons with him and then training with his professional fighters than they would be at an ABAE club.
Do you agree with this? Obviously there are differences in energy requirements between amateur boxing and pro, but in terms of technique will you always be better off learning with pros than with a qualified amateur coach?
If you're interested the facility we were discussing is this one: http://www.contendergym.co.uk/thegym.php